The Pioneer Valley Therapeutic Riding Association held its Second Annual Spring Benefit Horse Show on Saturday, May 22, 2010. Muddy Brook Farm in Amherst, MA hosted the event. The exciting day was a huge success earning over $7,500 for the support and future of the program. Hunter / Jumper competitors had a great time and took home tons of prizes generously donated by our sponsors. While the day was filled with competition, there was also a raffle table and food booth with proceeds directly benefiting the program.

Longtime PVTRA Donor and Volunteer, Betty Innocent presents Emma Lee and Vanilla Bean the Walk/Trot Division Championship

We would like to congratulate our division champions, who walked away with a Hoof-It Technologies Grooming Box. The Adult Walk/Trot/Canter division was won by Kendra Clarke aboard Sunny B Boy, and the Children’s Walk/Trot/Canter champion was Hannah Pommerantz riding Iama Smart Freekelena. The Adult/Children’s combined Walk/Trot division champion was Emma Lee and pony, Vanilla Bean. The Leadline division was a very tight race between Grace Lee aboard Jennie and Madison Sullivan aboard Her Brave Horse Lightening, ending with a co-championship.

Leadline Co-Champion Grace Lee and Muddy Brook Farm's Jennie

Emily Woodford and Shezaperpetualsurprise took home the tri-color in the Walk/Trot Groundpoles division. The popular Walk/Trot/Canter Crossrails division concluded with two champions, Sarah Etzel riding Cloud and Nora Gallo riding Elliot. Etzel was also awarded the Massachusetts Horse Junior Horsemanship Award and prize later in the afternoon. The Adult Rider 2’divison champion was Samantha Cole and mount Bosco. Laura Perry rode Diamond to the championship in the Children’s 2’division. The Hoof-it Technologies Grooming Box is available for purchase online at, with $4 from every box going to the PVTRA through the month of June.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their overwhelming support of us and we look forward to next year’s show.

Amherst Farmers Supply
Atkins Farm Country Market
Barry and Susan Roberts
Bart’s Ice Cream
Benbow’s Coffee Roasters
Big Y World Class Market
Bill and Betty Innocent
Blair, Cutting and Smith
Bonnie Miller and CADO Farm
Dave’s Soda and Pet City
Dion Tack
Eastern Mountain Sports
Hadley Garden Center
Hoof-It Technologies
Ira Hare
JonTurati, Farrier
The Leo Walsh Foundation
Leora Barry, L.M.T.
The Likeover- deWolski Family
Massachusetts Horse Magazine
Michael & Diane Ellis
Mike Kirwan
Muddy Brook Farm
Northampton Cooperative Bank
Northern Creek Farm
South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic
Stanley Rosenberg and Brian Hefner
Starbucks Coffee
Stop & Shop of Belchertown
Stop & Shop of Hadley
Teresa Fischer
The Skin Salon
Therapeutic Systems
Trader Joe’s
Valley Vet Supply
W.F. Young, Inc
Water, Earth and Flowers
WEBS America’s Yarn Store
Whole Foods Market

Photo Credit: All Photos ©  2010 Nick Goldsmith Photography/ These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

-Gillian Ellis